Jazz at Lincoln Center
10pm - 11pm
Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis hosts this popular weekly music series with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
“We don’t just play jazz—we teach it, we write it, we dance it, we sing it, we present it, we photograph it, we film it, we produce it, we archive it, we record it, we broadcast it, we commission it, we celebrate it, we love it, we share it.”
– Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Comprised of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra has been JALC’s resident orchestra for more than 10 years.
About the host:
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.
December 12, 2013
Brazilian Nights: Leny Andrade with Paquito D'Rivera
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her “both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova.” Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D’Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar.
December 19, 2013
Big Band Holidays
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings.
December 26, 2013
Kansas City: K.C. and The Count
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov to perform "One O'Clock Jump," "The Golden Bullet" and "Moten Swing." Wendell Pierce hosts.
January 2, 2014
Re-Imagined: The Music Of Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock's timeless innovations are brought to life in the voices of a big band. Bobby Hutcherson guests with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in this brilliant outing from the House of Swing. Wendell Pierce hosts.
January 9, 2014
Nuevo Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla with Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera
Astor Piazzolla's impact on tango heralded a stunning new incarnation of the art form: Nuevo Tango. His native Argentina - and the rest of the world - was never the same. Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera are no lightweights either, and they present an hour of hot Latin tango. Wendell Pierce Hosts.
January 16, 2014
Bird With Strings
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage Bird lives - as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.
January 23, 2014
Catherine Russell / Nancy Wilson
Two vocalists defy category - Catherine Russell, who nurtured a career as a backup singer with Al Green, Michael Feinstein and David Bowie, and has cultivated her own strong solo voice. Nancy Wilson, the perennial song stylist whose five-decade career started with Cannonball Adderley, seamlessly crosses the jazz-blues-pop divide. Wendell Pierce hosts.
January 30, 2014
Bu's Babies: Graduates Of The Jazz Messengers
In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no! I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis. Wendell Pierce hosts.
February 6, 2014
Frank Foster and Songs of Romance
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by musical director Vincent Gardner and joined by vocalists Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw, collaborates with the late, legendary Count Basie composer and arranger Frank Foster. The works are composed in an ode to romance. Wendell Pierce hosts.
February 13, 2014
A Tribute To Bobby Short
The phrase "Living Legend" is often bandied about - but there aren't many who get that designation from the Library of Congress. The late Bobby Short was but one of his many accomplishments. A staple of Manhattan's nightlife behind the piano of the Carlyle Club for over 35 years, he used to celebrate the "Great American Song". This show from Michael Feinstein's Jazz and Popular Song series features performances from Barbara Carroll, Paula West, T. Oliver Reid, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
February 20, 2014
Journey To Brazil - Moacir Santos
Moacir Santos' career didn't invite casual listeners - he composed largely for radio, film, and television, rarely touring and never leading a band. But his ingenious combination of traditional Brazilian jazz tropes with futurist leanings is celebrated at Jazz At Lincoln Center with guitarist Mario Adnet, saxophonist Zé Nogueira, and an orchestra of Brazilian talent. Wendell Pierce hosts.
February 27, 2014
New Kings of the Crescent City
Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet. Jelly Roll Morton. King Oliver. Immortals who directed and defined the development of jazz into the body of work that's celebrated across the globe. Victor Goines, a son of the Crescent City, leads a stellar line up of musicians in celebration of the names that made New Orleans a latter day Atlantis of music. With Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Chris Crenshaw, Don Vappie, Dan Nimmer, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
March 6, 2014
Danzones and "sons montunos" spill into the streets as maestro Paquito D'Rivera leads a journey through the music of his native Cuba. Sonero and guitarist David Oquendo, Las Hermanas Marquez and percussionist Candido Camero join in this Afro-Cuban Fiesta. Wendell Pierce hosts.
March 13, 2014
Luciana Souza Trio
Toast of the Brazilian jazz scene Luciana Souza offers up her trademark style of gentle but adventurous vocal explorations. With four Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal under her belt, Souza lights up the Allen Room with a panache reserved for veterans twice her age. Wendell Pierce hosts.
March 20, 2014
Wynton Marsalis was commissioned in 2008 to write a piece for the bicentennial of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This incarnation of the opus that emerged embraces a celebration of life, humanity, and love, uniting musical traditions from across centuries and continents. Performed with the 70 piece Chorale de Chateau and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Abyssinian Mass must be experienced to be believed. Wendell Pierce hosts.
March 27, 2014
Ethel Waters: Blues, Broadway, and Jazz
Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocals in tribute to the woman who marked her career defying cultural boundaries - black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel. Ethel Waters' legacy lives on in this hour of show stopping numbers. Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thoms light up the Allen Room with song. Wendell Pierce hosts.